Tag Archives | Spirituality
Journey deep down the rabbit hole with Closure in Moscow and their allegorical, psychedelic opus that’s soaked in a perfectly balanced brine technology and satire.
There’s no group of creatives that has it tougher than today’s musicians. Their craft is exceedingly simple to steal, consume, judge, then cast aside like yesterday’s Hot n’ Ready crust (what this shockingly red handed dork who looks like he went straight from a wedding to reviewing a 5 dollar pizza doesn’t tell you is that it’s the most inexcusable food of all time).
To be fair, we have a right to be skeptical. The vast majority of today’s music is formulaic, predictable, shallow, devoid of any deeper meaning and often crafted for the sole purpose of grabbing the attention of the nearest industry turd. Then there are bands like my guests, Closure in Moscow.
Closure has always leaned toward the “all-in” approach with their music, but their latest release, Pink Lemonade, pushes the chips forward like nothing I’ve ever heard before.… Read the rest
“Once you lose attachment to how you want things to be because you realize you don’t control anything, there’s a curiously liberating aspect of that. I’ve always been a control freak, I’ve always felt that if I try hard enough, everyone I love will be kept safe and everything will be okay. Being shown, in such brutal terms, that that’s simply not the way it works, in someways, it messed me up. I’ve been through hell, but on another level, if you pile up so much tragedy, it either destroys you, or you just start laughing about it. Because at the end of the day, no one gets out alive.” Daniele Bolelli
When a certain type of person achieves monetary success and notoriety, one of their first moves is to cultivate some sort of bullshit persona. I’m talking a VIP, tinted window, sunglasses on indoors set of behaviors. What exactly is that? I’ll tell you, it’s fear.… Read the rest
“There really has been an exponential increase of media interest in what’s happening. I think that’s the result of new research, (and) the result of some major international conferences that are really establishing the field of psychedelic science and medicine.” Brad Burge of MAPS.
It seems we’re finally at a turning point in The War on Drugs. All it took was a few decades of indoctrination, mass-incarceration, astronomical price tags and straight-up horrific body counts. Yet, society’s transition into a deeper understanding of these substances has been far from smooth. Yes, the people have clearly spoken on the subject of marijuana, and nearly half of all U.S. states have taken notice, putting some sort of marijuana-friendly law on the books. However, when it comes to Mary Jane’s more potent psychedelic cousins, the conversation is quite a bit more nuanced and controversial. Thankfully, for the first time in decades, the dialogue surrounding psychedelics is evolving.… Read the rest
We go all over the map with this interview. I loved recording with the fascinating and powerful Maraya and hope to do it again in the near future.
About Maraya Karena:
“I am a cyborg anthropologist and massage therapist.
This means that I study the relationship between humans and technology and that I study the body and the healing arts. To me these are not separate. To me these areas are very much connected.
They come together in texture of our felt experience. They come together in the tapestries of our created environments. They come together in the dynamic ecology of nature, people and technology that forms what the world is.”
About Occult Sentinel:
Occult Sentinel is a podcast covering the hermetic arts, secret societies and various spiritual traditions.… Read the rest
Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg on brain changes associated with spiritual experiences:
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When practitioners surrender their will, activity decreases in their frontal lobes, suggesting that speech is being generated from some place other than the normal speech centers.
Newberg is a pioneer in the field of neurotheology, the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences. In the 1990s, he began his work in the field by scanning what happens in people’s brains when they meditate, because it is a spiritual practice that is relatively easy to monitor.
Since then, he’s looked at around 150 brain scans, including those of Buddhists, nuns, atheists, Pentecostals speaking in tongues, and Brazilian mediums practicing psychography—the channeling of messages from the dead through handwriting.
As to what’s going on in their brains, Newberg says, “It depends to some degree on what the practice is.” Practices that involve concentrating on something over and over again, either through prayer or a mantra-based meditation, tend to activate the frontal lobes, the areas chiefly responsible for directing attention, modulating behavior, and expressing language.
“You can look at the historical trajectory. From a technological point of view, we’ve gone to ever-more aggregated collectives… And now, in the last 15 years we’ve seen this great innovation of open source distributed networks and peer-to-peer relationships that distribute power equally… Bitcoin fits into this because it’s the ultimate peer-to-peer monetary system. You don’t have to depend on some powerful third party… You just take the power on your own and possess it and own it and control your life, and that’s what we all want.” – Jeffrey Tucker
The starry-eyed fascination with South American shamanism in the spiritual counter-culture is beginning to shift towards a more grounded, realistic perspective. Aurelia Hunter tells a personal tale of Q’ero shaman mistreating her when she was seeking a mentor.
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It’s the beginner’s mind full of childlike curiosity that keeps us humble and fuels our evolution. However, I have also discovered that seeking too far outside of our own inner wisdom can cause a willingness to give away one’s own power. At the start, I could not comprehend that the true teacher would appear the moment I stopped seeking. So I am sharing a story of falling into the illusion that we have to be with certain teachers of particular backgrounds and in certain “power spots” to receive the appropriate energy transmissions to become shamans, medicine women, and other labels of the spiritual walk. I would like to acknowledge that this can be advantageous as well as dangerous.
Here’s what would happen if Jesus were to return to Earth and land in the affluent Bible Belt suburbs. Via NPR:
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t. “One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus. Some neighbors feel that it’s an insulting depiction of the son of God.
“It gives authenticity to our church,” Rev. David Buck says. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”
Could offerings to the devil in the classroom help close the test score gap between the United States and other developed nations? From the Satanic Temple’s press release:
The Satanic Temple, a religious organization based in New York City, has declared May 15th as “Protect Children Day” with the mission of putting an end to corporal punishment and the use of isolation rooms in schools for Temple followers as well as for others who share their beliefs.
In addition to making a letter available to students, The Satanic Temple is also providing fact sheets on corporal punishment and solitary confinement, a Satanic-themed activity book, and FAQs so that students can understand their religious rights in school. “We want children to know that they are permitted to pray to Satan in school and that they can even share their religious beliefs with others in accordance with certain guidelines,” Greaves said.